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Virginia man dreamed of this for decades. Now the ‘happy’ retiree is on ‘phenomenal’ 3-month trek.

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Dan Schmitt cannot contain his childlike excitement on two wheels, but the cyclist’s current bike trip is not child’s play. “I’m…

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HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Dan Schmitt cannot contain his childlike excitement on two wheels, but the cyclist’s current bike trip is not child’s play.

“I’m happy to get on my bike each and every morning,” Schmitt said. “I’ve never done anything like this before and it is quite a challenge. Every day is a test of endurance and perseverance.”

The Henrico man is riding on an adventure that would impress Lewis and Clark: pedaling about 4,500 miles from Washington state to Maine.

“It is a lot of problem solving and navigation and weather and mechanical issues on my bike,” Schmitt said. Provided to WTVR He acknowledged the ride has been "tough on" his body as the first week was in the Washington mountains.

"Four big mountain passes,” Schmitt said. “That was quite challenging. Lots of snow at the top. Very cold."

The three-month trek is pulling Schmitt through states where Mother Nature’s beauty is on full display.

“I just feel so happy every single day on my bike. Seeing so much beauty," Schmitt said. "Yesterday we rode along a lake for 45 miles and we saw more bears than cars. It gives you an idea of the great wilderness that we’re in." Provided to WTVR For much of the journey he is biking solo and unsupported with no hotels on his itinerary. Schmitt camps at night wherever he can pitch a tent.“We’ve had a lot of rain and wind in our face at times. You just have to keep going and pedaling forward,” Schmitt explained.The […]

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